Now that we have applied all the
software tweaks it's time for overclocking. First we're going to be pushing
the processor and bus speed as high as possible. With the current setup, we're
able to hit a 158 MHz FSB while keeping a 3/4 memory divider (memory is
running at 211 MHz) and the CPU will be running at 3.17 GHz - 158 MHz x 20 =
As you can see, I had to up the CPU
Voltage to +10% and the DDR Voltage to 2.8V to keep the system
Nice, a 1600 point increase by
simply overclocking the CPU and FSB!
Now the last thing to do is overclock
the videocard. Here again we're going to use Rage3D Tweaker to overclock the ATi
Radeon 9700 Pro videocard.
The highest stable speed we're able run
the Radeon 9700 Pro is 400/360 with no artifacts. Let's see what type of score
we get after overclocking the card.
Well what do you know... 18616 3DMarks, a new
personal high and 8 points higher then my submitted score in the Fastest
Webmaster Contest! =)
As you can
see, 3DMark2001 SE seems to get it's biggest performance boost from
overclocking the videocard (1800 point increase), then overclocking the system
(1600 point increase) and finally by using aggressive memory timings (500 point
increase).Tweaking the OS and using a 3rd party tweaker to tweak the image quality
only nets us about another 250 points.